Go Bird Watching Along the Noland Trail

On October 22nd, grab your binoculars and join the Hampton Roads Bird Club for a bird watching workshop along the Noland Trail.

Spanning five miles, the trail follows the shoreline of Lake Maury and is known as a community treasure.

During the workshop, members of the Bird Club will teach participants how to identify local species and tell of their natural history.

Birds to watch for include:

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpipers are charming birds that are hard to identify. That’s because, during the breeding season, they have bold dark spots on their white breast and display an orange bill, while in the winter months, the spots disappear and the bill changes to pale yellow. These birds have snappy wingbeats, and when taking off from the shoreline, they sing high whistled notes.

Laughing Gulls

Laughing gulls are medium in size and feature gray feathers above and white underneath, as well as long beaks. They’re commonly found along shorelines and make a stuttered alarm call when people or predators get too close.

Carolina Wren

These small birds are hard to spot which is why many bird watchers listen for their loud teakettle-teakettle call. Carolina wrens feature bright un-patterned reddish-brown feathers on top and buffy-orange ones underneath, as well as a white eyebrow stripe. When foraging, they keep their long tail upward and hold it down while singing.

Bird watching is just one of the many activities you can enjoy if you call our Hampton Roads apartment community home. Please contact us to arrange a tour where you can see our amenities firsthand.

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